Task-Based Programming for Seismic Imaging: Preliminary Results

TitleTask-Based Programming for Seismic Imaging: Preliminary Results
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBoillot, L., G. Bosilca, E. Agullo, and H. Calandra
Conference Name2014 IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC)
Date Published2014-08
Conference LocationParis, France

The level of hardware complexity of current supercomputers is forcing the High Performance Computing (HPC) community to reconsider parallel programming paradigms and standards. The high-level of hardware abstraction provided by task-based paradigms make them excellent candidates for writing portable codes that can consistently deliver high performance across a wide range of platforms. While this paradigm has proved efficient for achieving such goals for dense and sparse linear solvers, it is yet to be demonstrated that industrial parallel codes—relying on the classical Message Passing Interface (MPI) standard and that accumulate dozens of years of expertise (and countless lines of code)—may be revisited to turn them into efficient task-based programs. In this paper, we study the applicability of task-based programming in the case of a Reverse Time Migration (RTM) application for Seismic Imaging. The initial MPI-based application is turned into a task-based code executed on top of the PaRSEC runtime system. Preliminary results show that the approach is competitive with (and even potentially superior to) the original MPI code on a homogeneous multicore node, and can more efficiently exploit complex hardware such as a cache coherent Non Uniform Memory Access (ccNUMA) node or an Intel Xeon Phi accelerator.

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